Prince George, BC
Stinger Welding specializes in welding and fabricating structural steel for large-scale construction projects. They have hired a number of new Canadians to meet demand.
“We’ve found very good workers with great skill-sets,” says company owner Willy Manson. “They’ve all been eager to start new lives and improve themselves, and I’ve found it a very good experience so far.”
Two of his employees came from South Africa.
Kobus is one of Stinger’s most experienced workers with over 20 years in the industry. “I came to Canada because I loved the countryside and because of the opportunities I saw”, he says. “Finding the right company was key. I started at a non-union shop so they got me working while I did the testing and paperwork to get certified. I met Willy a few years ago and our friendship grew, and now it’s turned into a career opportunity.”
George is a labourer who came to BC after marrying a Canadian. He worked as a landscaper until Kobus introduced him to Willy. “He is a hard worker with a lot of skills,” says Willy, “and with a little training and support he is going to move up quickly.”
“Paul is our most recent hire,” says Willy. “He has really good welding and fabricating skills, and we are currently helping him work through the BC qualifications so that we can ticket him for our requirements.”
“One challenge is getting him integrated into small-town life,” says Willy. “He’s used to the city and it’s pretty quiet here in Prince George.”
As for Paul, he says, “I had to look outside the big cities. When I first came over from Ireland I didn’t have my ticket and a lot of companies wouldn’t hire me without it. If I’d stayed in Vancouver I’d be working as a labourer. I found a much better opportunity up north.”
George Jordaan, Labourer
Paul Byrne, Welder
Willy Manson, Owner
Kobus Jordaan, Project Manager